Auburn undaunted by Florida State; with prediction

Gus Malzahn and QB Nick Marshall have led Auburn's remarkable season. (Getty)

Gus Malzahn and QB Nick Marshall have led Auburn's remarkable season. (Getty)

I’m the first to admit it.

I didn’t believe in Auburn.

Not at the beginning of the season. Not in the middle. And not in the Iron Bowl.

My father-in-law, a proud Auburn grad whose entire wardrobe is blue and orange, recently reminded me that I told him in August that Auburn would win six games.

Think about that.

Six wins.

Amazing.

Seriously, there was no way to accurately predict Auburn’s success the year after the Tigers were 3-9 and went 0-8 in the SEC. Even he was unsure how the Tigers would do this year.

There were new coaches, new systems and new players.

At 12-1, they’ve doubled my predicted win total and now face Florida State in tonight’s BCS National Championship game, thanks to several factors:

  • Auburn, not just the team, but the program and the community, bought into first-year coach Gus Malzahn.
  • Malzahn can teach an offense to college players and then drill them to where they execute it to near perfection.
  • Nick Marshall is a SEC-caliber QB who has become an expert at running Malzahn’s offense.
  • Feature RB Tre Mason and let him carry the running game.
  • Veteran defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson’s ability to adapt and adjust to Auburn’s personnel.
  • The ability to overcome injuries.

And then there are the two plays you can’t help but see every time you watch ESPN — much to the chagrin of Georgia and Alabama fans — that sent Auburn to the most improbable wins.

Florida State (13-0) has had a less arduous road to the title game, smashing even the best teams (see a 51-14 crushing of Clemson, which was No. 3 at the time and just won the Orange Bowl).

The Seminoles are heavily favored over Auburn, but the Tigers are undaunted.

They have beaten five ranked teams, including the one that occupied the No. 1 spot before FSU climbed to the top.

Auburn’s great season has made a believer out of me, but not to the point where I think they’ll beat the Seminoles.

Prediction: FSU 34, Auburn 24

What do y’all think?

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Bo over the top

January 8th, 2014
1:02 pm

You can always count on someone from Alabama that knows football! Thanks BamaFan

Bo over the top

January 8th, 2014
1:01 pm

If that makes you feel good Mike you just keep telling yourself that. Bless your heart! Poor loser

Chip Shirley

January 8th, 2014
10:32 am

FSU sells T-Shirts showing Auburn with winning score! KARMA! Just wait until next year with the 4-in, the SEC will have at least THREE of the spots and win again and again and again……
http://theSECRules.blogspot.com/

Mike

January 8th, 2014
8:55 am

Auburn didn’t have many injuries that reason they got as far as they did and they may have played for title but they were still 3rd best team in southeast conf .

BamaFan

January 7th, 2014
6:31 pm

It was a very good game. Congrats to FSU, but Auburn has nothing to be ashamed of based upon their performance. This has to be one of the most spectacular one year turnarounds that I’ve ever witnessed in CFB.

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